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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000007VXG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Bekerman on Aug. 9 1999
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album over 10 years ago thanks to a Canadian cousin who borrowed my WalkMan and left a tape of Lawrence Gowan's Strange Animal in it. I didn't want to give that tape back. Last year I got to meet Gowan and see him in concert several times - AMAZING - and this is the album that started it all for me - ABSOLUTELY one of the best albums in my music collection!
If you pass it up you'll definitely be missing out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By montyw on June 20 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is a classic 'one-off,' an assertion substantiated by the delete-bin albums Gowan released subsequently. A largely superb (if derivative) record, Strange Animal is wonderfully representative of the 1980s 'musician impulse' with its equal emphasis on player virtuosity and an 'ensemble' ethos. Less complimentary, Strange Animal perhaps has less to do with Larry Gowan's perfectly decent songwriting, which compares favourably to his peers at the time, than the players he miraculously procured for the recording. How a relative 'nobody' in the 1980s Toronto music scene collared the 'Peter Gabriel rhythm section''--the 'legendary' Tony Levin, bass and stick, Jerry Marrotta, drums and percussion, and David Rhodes, guitar'--and Split Enz producer, David Tickle, became a source of speculation among Toronto musicians for years. Despite Gowan''s richly competent keyboard playing (he is famous for both his Royal Conservatory training and his hard scrabble days as Ronnie Hawkins' piano player) which is often highlighted by catchy melodic phrasing and ability his ability to write a 'hook'' (the chorus to 'City of the Angels' comes to mind) 'one can''t help wonder how much influence Levin and crew must have had in the construction of the overall product. The two signature pieces on the record, 'Strange Animal', 'Criminal Mind', are certainly production-homages to PG, replete with AMS reverb effects. And 'Walking on Air, simply sounds like a Gabriel song, albeit with Gowan''s unmistakeable vocals. 'Cosmetics' and 'Guerrilla Soldier' are pure Levin' the former a double-handed bass line played on stick, the latter his classic Music Man approach (the 'Sledgehammer' sound). The real Gowan stuff, the 'pretty' piano ballad, 'Burning Torches of Hope,' shows Gowan as an 80s version of Canada''s Ian Thomas (the musician-brother of comedian Dave Thomas), not an unflattering comparison.
Try this record which, while dated, will reward a close listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 31 1998
Format: Audio CD
This cd (although his second) was the one that caught my ear. I have been a fan of Gowan's since this cd came out. It has a great musical flow that leads the listner fom one song to the next. The lyrics are not only catchy but they are also intelligent. If you enjoyed this cd you will love the others in Gowan's catalog. I strongly recomemd "Great Dirtey World" and "Lawrence Gowan, But You Can Call Me Larry" among others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 8 1999
Format: Audio CD
Lawrence Gowan is probably one of the best singers that you've never heard of, unless you've seen him on tour with Styx. This is an album that put LG on the map with great songwriting, strong vocals, and excellent musicianship. I recommend "Lost Brotherhood" featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush and "Best of", which features Healing Waters, his tribute to Princess Diana.
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Format: Audio CD
Wow. Gowan rocks! This extremely talented musician has got to be one of the greatest rockers ever! Gowan this Gowans second album and this one probably has the most hits [Moonlight Desires on Great Dirty World is my favorite Gowan song though]. It features his amazing song Strange Animal [my favorite on this album], his signature song Criminal Mind, an anti war piece called Guerilla Soldier and other hits like City of the Angels, Desperate, Cosmetics, Walking On Air and a few more.

Gowan is one of my favorite artists and I'm happy he's Canadian like me. He falls into the category of Progressive rock but some of his music sounds like Classical music and Hard rock. He is very musical and an awesome pianist. Also compared to much of the music of that time [1980s] his work was very unique and different. I'm a bigger fan of 70s music but Gowan is still one of my top favorites.

So if you like bands like Rush, The Beatles Styx and Yes try this amazing artists music. It rocks! It is outstanding! Rock On!
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By ~M on May 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
Gowan is by far one of the best artists to have ever walked the face of the earth, NOT JUST IN CANADA, but all over this globe. Gowan was the first musician I started listening to, and was my very first tape, I was 4. I'm 23 now and though I like other bands such as NIN, I still listen to Gowan and find Strage Animal to be one of the most original albums ever made and very different compared to the other junk music that other 80's bands were releasing. Gowan was not a typical 80's band, his lyrics spoke of war, the potential darkness of the human mind, and human suffering, while other bands were singing: 'Everybody Wang Chung Tonight', 'The Locomotion' ,'Jump For My Love' and other boppy meaningless songs such as these. My favorite tracks are 'Guerilla Soldier', 'Keep the Tension On', 'Burning Torches of Hope', and my ultimate favorite of any of Gowan's songs is 'A Criminal Mind', which is one of the best and most unique songs to have ever been made. Strange Animal is a masterpiece anyone who finds music important should have.
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